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COVID-19: addressing Universal Health Coverage with Digital Health for Sustainable Health Systems

Health systems transformation through ehealth.

Ehealth and COVID-19, lessons learned and strategies for further development of Health systems.

Our Keynote speakers

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Rosemary FOSTER

Senior Technical Advisor
Centre for Infectious Diseases Epidemiology & Research
School of Public Health and Family Medicine
University of Cape Town.

Professor Foster’s work is focused on digital interventions and informatics to support the delivery of healthcare services. She has a background in computer science and biomedical engineering on which she has built extensive experience in both the private and public sectors in information technology and medical informatics. Before joining CIDER, she was Manager for Community and Primary Health Care Programs at eHealth Saskatchewan in Canada. Prior to this she headed the eHealth Strategy and Policy Division at the South African Medical Research Council.

She spent ten years with the Provincial Government of the Western Cape where she was Director of ICT Services for the Department of Health. Professor Foster is on the World Health Organisation Roster of Digital Health Experts and her areas of interest include eHealth policy and strategy, health enterprise architecture, eHealth standards, human factors in health information systems, and capacity building in health informatics

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Professor of Computer Science
Fellow of the Nigeria Computer Society
Head of the Mobile and e-Computing Research group

Emuoyibofarhe O. Justice is a Professor of Computer Science and the current Dean of the faculty of computing and Informatics at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso and a Fellow of the Nigeria Computer Society. His research interest is in the application of Mobile Computing, Wireless Communication computational intelligence and Software Engineering to e-Health and Telemedicine applications for quality health care service delivery in developing country context. He had his Bachelor of Technology [B.Tech (Hons)] Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, from the Federal University of Technology, Minna, 1997, and a Masters of Technology (M.Tech) in Applied Mathematics with specialization in Artificial Neural Networks from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso in 2000.

He received his Ph.D in 2004 from the Federal University of Technology, Minna. He specialized in computational Intelligence (Neuro-fuzzy computing/ Computational Optimization). He had a one year post-doctoral Research fellowship at the Huawei-Telkom Centre of Excellence for Mobile e-Services, Department of Computer Science, University of Zululand, Republic of South Africa in 2006. He is a member of the Society of Telemedicine and e-Health in Nigeria, where he also served as the second vice president of the society between 2012 and 2015. He is also a member of the Computer Professional (Registration Council of) Nigeria (CPN). He is a member of the (IEEE) Computational Intelligence Society.

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Senior Lecturer in eHealth
Director of Global eHealth
University of Edinburgh.

Claudia Pagliari is a senior researcher, educator and consultant in eHealth, based at the University of Edinburgh Medical School, where she leads the MSc programme in Global eHealth. She also co-leads the NHS Digital Academy and is a member of the WHO Roster of Experts in Digital Health. Her research explores how digital technologies are influencing healthcare services and changing the nature of the doctor-patient relationship, and how emerging innovations, such as robots and artificial intelligence are set to change the landscape.

Alongside this she is interested in the application of digital health in low-resource settings, including their potential for health systems strengthening as well as challenges for implementation. She also studies the ethical and governance challenges presented by the use of technologies and data and is an advisor to the Scottish Government in Digital Ethics. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, she is currently studying Contact Tracing Apps, how big data is being utilised for health intelligence and the fake news 'Infodemic'.